31 Days // Day 1 // Reset Workspace

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Welcome to 31 Days to an Organized Life & Business! For the next 31 days I will be a participant in The Nester’s 31 days Writing Challenge.  Taking some of my own advice and taking you along on my journey to a life reset. I’ll be sharing (and practicing) some tips on everything from bookkeeping, shopping, managing kids, intentional parenting, work from home mom syndrome, work/life balance, spiritual reset and more. Not because I am the expert in these fields, but because they have worked for me in the past, and I so badly need them to work again for me now.

As a full time Photographer and Business Consultant, September is hard. Getting 2 kids settled into new routines, new teachers, new schedules, soccer practice, singing lessons, dinner plans, birthday activities, grocery shopping and running a couple of businesses. It’s easy to so quickly feel like life it pulling you in every direction and suddenly drowning in  homework folders, bank statements, and dinner menus seem to be the norm. Throw in the unexpected things, like illnesses, death and other things, and it’s just a big hot mess.

 

When I say I need this reset I’m not even kidding. When I say I’ll be writing about it, I don’t mean, I’m going to talk about past advice or something that worked once for me 3 years ago.

I am saying that today is Day 1. And today I’m going to Reset my Workspace. And when I say that, I mean I’m going to hit publish on this blog post, and then I’m going to clean my desk, and put away the heaping pile of stuff that is on the chair in my office. And then work from there. That is all I can commit to today.

I feel like I can’t begin to tackle the world, or even write out a to do list if I can’t even find a pen under this mess.

 

So for today, I’m starting small and keeping it simple.

 

RESET MY WORKSPACE. Boom. I can totally do THAT.

And I’m guessing if you are reading this, and relating to any of it, you can totally to THAT too.

 

Did I also mention I will be in Philadelphia all day today on a 5th grade class trip leaving at 7 am? Hmm… not sure HOW I’m going to do THAT yet, but I read that Beyonce has the same amount of hours in a day as I do, so I can totally RESET MY WORKSPACE by the time I go to bed today.

 

Be sure to also follow along on Instagram as I post updates throughout the day. #31daystoreset @Angelsea Urban

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience(R) by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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31 Days Project // The introduction

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I know. You don’t even have to say it outloud. I can’t believe it either. This picture represents what life around me has looked like this week. This month. This season.

 

 

I’ve also been super sick this past week, and dealing with other sad things, I am finding a need to be a new stock holder in Kleenex, hence the massive amount of tissues. That, mind you, I didn’t even bother to put in the garbage that was a mere – 12 inches from the desk.

 

I know.

 

 

So why do I subject you to this crime scene on my desk?

 

 

I blame my friend Kacey. Actually, I thank her. Our breakfast dates always turn into lunch dates after we spend hours chatting away and sharpening each other. Her words stuck in my head all night….

 

“We have created a new idol in our quests for simplicity.” Boom.

 

We discussed our gnawing awareness between the lines of jealousy and spiritual unrest. And what. the. heck. is happening to that tiny, but ever growing space in-between? A bigger topic to explore another day.

 

We shared our fears, comparisons, and the pressures that every woman feels to keep up with the Joneses, or Mrs. Jones or Mommy Jones, or Blogger Jones, or Business owner Jones or….. fill in your own blank.

 

The space between “being authentic and transparent” and “building one another up” are often too far apart. It’s easy to fall into one space or the other, and it’s hard to bridge the gap with an online presence that fairly represents a person’s true personality… or motivation.

 

I’ve let my recent life’s busyness and circumstances suck out my current motivation and today… it’s time for a reset.

 

So… this is my current view (above).

 

Recovering from illness. Dealing with death, divorces, back to school, soccer practice, singing lessons, dinner plans, birthday activities, grocery shopping and running a couple of businesses. This is my life. And I’m guessing yours might be similar?

 

Starting October 1st, I’ll be a participant in The Nester’s 31 days Writing Challenge. My topic: 31 days to an Organized Life & Business. Taking some of my own advice and taking you along on my journey to a life reset. I’ll be sharing (and practicing) some tips on everything from bookkeeping, shopping, managing kids, intentional parenting, work from home mom syndrome, work/life balance, spiritual reset and more. Not because I am the expert in these fields, but because they have worked for me in the past, and I so badly need them to work again for me now. You can follow along on their website, or directly on my blog here with this permalink. Sometimes even on Instagram as well, so be sure to follow that here.

 

Step one: That desk.

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Hope to see you following along. And don’t be shy if you are. I’d love to hear from you!!

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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October 1, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Kate - Love any and all ideas about inspiring us at home and work. My series is somewhat similar, with a bit of a different twist, but look forward to following your journey and being inspired! http://www.seedlingssprouting.com/

Long Beach Island Family Photographer // Buckley Family // Angelsea Urban

Life. is. precious.

And if we don’t stop to look around enough we may miss a lot of it.

I just dropped my 5th Grade daughter off at school, where she now proudly wears a Safety Patrol belt and is posted to watch over one of the kindergarten classrooms. Only, it was her kindergarten classroom not that long ago. It seemed like just 5 minutes ago, I was dropping her off in that classroom to actually go to kindergarten. My heart skipped at beat at this realization. When did my baby girl grow up so fast? I join the legions of other parents scratching their heads and wondering the same thing. The graduates (the grandparents) are laughing at us, saying “I told you so” and suddenly the words, “they grow up so fast” don’t seem so cliche.

They weren’t kidding.

I don’t know what it is about time speeding up while you are raising children. But it is totally true. It’s hard enough to keep one foot in front of the other while managing the day to day tasks of a household, and then one day, your kindergartener is on the 5th Grade Safety Patrol.

Having been in the wedding industry for many years, I saw such a contrast on how people treated their wedding photography verses their family portraits. Wedding photography was a BIG deal. Always has been. Planning for months and months in advance, and holding onto those precious portraits preparing them for generations to see.

But on the other side Family Portraits were just a thing they had to get done. Sometimes not even printing a single image. 

I felt so strongly that Family, and Family Portraits were even more precious than wedding photography. This is life. Ongoing. And it’s so, SO precious. And it’s moving super fast! I set out this year to dedicate my business and refine my brand to Redefining the Family Portrait Experience. To give families the intentional space pause for a minute, and nourish the bonds of the family, and cultivate the relationships. To stop and look around and this moment in life, to grab a hold of it, to reflect on it.

Your daughter will forever remember the day on the beach that Daddy danced around with her. 

Your son will think back on the day that his mother whispered all of those sweet words into his ear. 

The day that your husband looked at you, really looked at you, and saw his bride again. How you will never forget what that moment felt like. 

It’s has been an amazing privilege to work with these families in this way, and The Buckley Family was no exception. This mother’s love for her family is inspiring, and it was my absolute pleasure to create these portraits for them.

I hope you enjoy some of my personal favorites from this family portrait collection.

Thanks for visiting today!

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There are only a few beach sessions left for this year! If you want portraits like these, be sure to reach out ASAP!

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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September 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Rachelle Chase - So soft and dreamy. Gorgeous family and gorgeous shots!

Taking inventory and pursuing intentional moments // Anglesea Urban

To my in laws… who probably don’t understand this whole personal blogging thing, I apologize in advance. Some stories just have to be told, and sometimes, they aren’t able to be told in words, until there are pictures, representing grace, to fill in the grooves.

 

My mother in law died several years ago. Years before my children were born. She had a massive heart attack, and by the grace of God, it was inside the emergency waiting room where she was able to be revived. Temporarily. Until another one came just about a week later.
Steve was at work and called me frantically trying to explain the situation. The only words he remembered was the nurse telling him, “you might not make it here in time”. We agreed to meet at the hospital, about 45 minutes from each other, in opposite directions. We had no cell phones to talk during the drive. It was a very silent drive.

 

My husband adores his mother. He’s the guy that calls his mom at least once or twice a week just to say hello. To hear about her shopping events and what his parents have been up to in their retirement adventures. Not out of obligation, but because he genuinely wants to chat with them.

 

And all I could think of as I was racing up the parkway on the way to the hospital was, “please God, don’t take his mother from him, not now. Not yet.”

 

Growing up, Steve and his father were like oil & vinegar (sometimes, not all the time, but I heard stories from BOTH sides). His mother was the buffer of sorts. The loving hand that comforted the children when Dad had to be THE Dad growing up. No one enjoys the refinement process but it’s often necessary.

 

Thankfully, his mother eventually recovered from those heart attacks. And we often think about what life would be like today if the nurse was right. What if there never was a “Grandma B”? 

 

Our kids adore their grandparents. They are their only grandchildren. Grandma B is even our dog’s favorite person on the planet.

 

Grandma “B” was there for them as babies, driving in once a week to help care for them while I went to work to help us save on daycare costs. She has special cookies that only a grandma has, and even the yogurt she buys is somehow special to our children. Always a surprise in her Mary Poppins type bag, she could pull out a grape and they would be overjoyed. Everything seems sweeter, and more special coming from her bag, or at her house.

 

Grandpa “BeBop” has a magic basement full of wondrous things. Each time they get to explore something new. He ties the shoes and shares his special airplane magazines. He teaches the lessons that only a grandpa can teach.

 

As we raise our kids, they are constant reminders of how we were raised. Suddenly a bad memory we may have had as kids seems like it makes perfect sense when you are a parent raising your own kids. Perfect. Sense. You look at your parents differently. Things you may have disagreed with as a teenager become a blueprint to what you will do with yours. With greater respect and with compassion for the past that you didn’t even know you lacked. Forgiveness isn’t even necessary because grace has already paved the way.
It was Grandma B’s birthday recently. Steve and I realized that we don’t have nearly enough pictures of them and the kids together. For our household, this summer has been spent being very intentional about the things we do as a family, and how we want to be raising our children. Focusing on our Family Mission Statement, and being very purposeful in our relationships with each other. And they had no pictures! Shame. On. Me. So on our way to her birthday celebration, we stopped for a short portrait session.

 

We often forget to look back and see how far we have come. We ask and we hope and we pray, but then we often forget to reflect back on what has been given to us. My husband has enormous respect and love for his father today, and the same for his mother. The opportunity for these relationships to be given this opportunity is an amazing blessing. As Steve and I were going through these portraits, it was a wonderful reminder of all that we have been given. That God has answered so many, many, many prayers and so many things that once seemed impossible were staring us right in the face. With authentic joy.

 

I don’t often like to think, “What could have been” but it’s hard not to looking at these portraits.

 

I’d rather think about “How far we’ve come” and “How lucky we are”. And how thankful we are that our children have these amazing people in their lives.

 

This is more than a “don’t forget to take pictures with your grandparent’s” post. I’d rather think of it as taking inventory of things you might be taking for granted and intentionally pursuing them. Giving thanks for answered prayers and second chances. For grace and humility, and the joy to embrace it all.

 

 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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Playing in the sand in your fancy dress

The wind came in from the west. So there were horseflies. Lots of them. And they were hungry. So we swatted and we sprayed and did our best to still have an amazing experience. But THIS is what she will remember. That time when Daddy danced with her at the beach and when she got to play in the water and sand in her fancy dress.

 

Life is what you make it. And it’s the same for a family portrait session. Grab the sand and ride the waves and dance around in your fancy dress.

 

Even when there are horseflies trying to ruin your day. Swat them and keep playing in the sand.

Cannot wait to blog the rest of this incredible family session.

 


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Be sure to book your summer session before they are gone!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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